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Thread: Cherry Vase - Burl, or Knot?

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    Cherry Vase - Burl, or Knot?

    Greetings all

    When I am not doing other things, I actually get some time in the shop to do some turning. A couple of Saturdays ago, I was given opportunity to harvest a very ugly cherry tree stump that was growing in the yard next to my in-laws home. I gained the assistance of my good friend Dominic Greco, and we chopped it down, and then chopped it up. It promised to have some nice looking wood in it. Below is the first fruits of my share.



    This vase is approximately 8" in diameter, and 7 1/2" high. The tree was removed from the ground (i.e. still growing) on Saturday. I turned this piece the following Tuesday, making it on the thin side of 1/4". I did a little sanding, but it was so wet that the paper kept clogging, so I let it dry, and then sanded it off the lathe. The figure caused quite a bit of rippling, but I was able to get it pretty smooth. Some of the inclusions caused it to kink just a bit as it dried, giving it an offset kind of look depending on how it is oriented.

    It is finished with Bush Oil and buffed on a Beall wheel.

    Thanks for taking a peek.
    Bill Grumbine

    www.wonderfulwood.com

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    That's beautiful Bill. Gorgeous hunk of wood very well shaped.

    I'm still struggling with the wet vs dry issue, the wet ones seem to dry or crack way out of proportion on me. But I'll keep at it and maybe eventually get it!

    Tony

    Tony, BCE '75

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    Man - if you spinny people don't stop posting this kind of stuff I'm gonna - I'm gonna - well I don't know what I'm gonna do but it might involve spontaneous combustion!

    Nice work Bill.

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    Run Ian, Run !! But NOT in circles !!

    Tony, BCE '75

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    Bill that is beautiful. Man that thing is doing some talking. Very well done Bill. Oh Bill is that off that big burl you were showing a while back? Just curious.
    Bernie W.

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    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

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    Yes Bill, that is a real ugly stump.
    Should I stop by and remove the rest for you?

    Kidding aside, that is real nice.

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    Stunning.....Bill.......Execution, wood and finish....Stunning....




    Ian.....There's a way you can get the same feeling as we get turning......Take a baseball bat or a short broomstick ....place one end on the ground...put your forehead on the other end of same........now rotate your body around said stick or bat in either direction as fast as you can for at least 25 revolutions......Enjoy!

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    another pretty piece.
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

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    That's the ugly duckling story! Ugly stump turns into a beautiful vase! Very impressive piece of wood!

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    another masterpiece

    as always Bill
    A very wise man once said.......
    "I'll take my chances with Misseurs Smith and Wesson. "

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